Arsenal are pushing to make exciting raids on both AC Milan and Inter Milan in January, Everton are in the market for a prolific Portuguese striker, while Wednesday’s Euro Paper Talk has an update on Liverpool’s push to sign a Ghananian World Cup star.
HAKAN CALHANOGLU ON ARSENAL RADAR
Arsenal are reportedly leading the chase to sign Inter Milan star Hakan Calhanoglu in January.
The Turkey attacker is reportedly up for sale at the Italian giants with his deal due to expire in 18 months time. And while he has featured regularly in Simone Izaghi’s side this season, Inter hope his sale will allow them to renew deals for the likes of Milan Skriniar and Denzel Dumfries.
As a result, reports in Italy claim the 28-year-old will be allowed to leave for a modest fee of around £25.9m (€30m).
Per InterLive, his situation has caught the attention of new Aston Villa boss Unai Emery.
However, it the Gunners are also keen with Edu believing the addition of the talented star can give their title hopes a timely boost. And with Champions League football likely to be on offer next season, they are emerging as favourites for his signing.
Calhangolu can operate as an attacking midfielder of off either wing, giving Mikel Arteta the cover he needs for Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli.
The Turkey star has three goals and five assists this season from 20 appearances for Inter Milan.
Gunners also want Ismael Bennacer to follow Calhanoglu
Calhanoglu looks like he may also be part of a double Arsenal raid on Milan clubs this January too. Indeed, reports on Tuesday evening revealed the club are also readying an approach for former midfielder Ismael Bennacer.
The Algerian is in talks with Milan over a new deal with his current arrangement due to expire in 2024.
Now represented by Enzo Raiola, who is helping to run the Mino Raiola empire, Bennacer’s demands are likely to be deemed too high for Milan.
And with the Serie A champions having lost the likes of Franck Kessie, Gianluigi Donnarumma and Calhanoglu to free transfers in the past, they are wary of being caught out once again.
As such, il Gazzetta dello Sport claims Arsenal lead the charge to sign the midfielder in 2023. At this stage it is not clear whether any potential move would go through in January or the summer. But Arteta and Edu would push to make a deal happen in the winter window with a new midfielder very much among their top transfer priorities.
EVERTON PLAN EXCITING SIGNING FOR UDINESE STRIKER BETO
Everton are preparing a move to sign exciting Portuguese striker Beto, who has banged six goals in 14 appearances for Udinese this season. (Calciomercato)
Unai Simon has not held any talks over a 2023 move to Manchester United with Erik ten Hag seeking a successor to David De Gea. (Fabrizio Romano)
Real Madrid are planning to turn their attention towards Enzo Fernandez after seeing competition get too intense for Jude Bellingham. (Marca)
Roma are keen on a swap deal for Leeds Utd target Sasa Lukic, offering Torino their defender Marash Kumbulla in a straight swap. (Calciomercato)
Manchester United will be signing a very special player in Cody Gakpo in January, claims Netherlands international Kees Kist. (De Telegraaf)
LIVERPOOL FACE TOUGH FIGHT TO LAND MOHAMMED KUDUS
Liverpool will have to battle Chelsea, Real Madrid and PSG if they are to sign Mohammed Kudus from Ajax. (various)
Philippe Coutinho is on Flamengo’s radar in January, though Aston Villa are refusing to let the playmaker leave on loan. (Coluna do Fla)
Newcastle are exploring a January deal for Real Mallorca playmaker Kang-In Lee, who has a bargain €17m exit clause. (Marca)
West Ham missed the chance to sign Piotr Zielinski from Napoli after refusing to meet his £85,000 a week salary demands. (Il Mattino)
Chelsea are joining the hunt for Athletic Bilbao’s Nico Williams with just 18 months left on his deal. (various)
CHOUPO-MOTING TRANSFER BLOW FOR MAN UTD
Man Utd are preparing to offer Marcus Rashford a new long-term deal with his World Cup efforts seeing Erik ten Tag doubling down on his desire to extend his stay. (Fabrizio Romano)
Tottenham are pushing to sign Denzel Dumfries after making enqurires over his signing with Inter Milan. (90min)
Bayern Munich are preparing to offer Eric Choupo-Moting a new deal to end Man Utd’s prospects of a cut-price January raid. (Fabrizio Romano)
Inter Milan are planning a controversial move to sign former Milan midfielder Franck Kessie from Barcelona in 2023. (Calciomercato)
Aston Villa interest in Tammy Abraham is intensfying amid more claims Roma are willing to sell the striker. (Calciomercato)
Bayern Munich are working on the signing of Harry Kane amid claims a deal will reportedly cost just £87.5m. (Sky Deutschland)